Suspect in violent New Castle home invasion tries to escape after arrest

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. —

Police arrested a New Castle man early Sunday morning accused of assaulting a man during a violent home invasion Saturday night.

Authorities said officers responded to a call at the home of Ralph Alberico, 50, late Saturday night and found Alberico covered in blood.

Alberico told police he was sleeping when someone broke into his Willow Way house and attacked him.

“He kicked this door in right here,” Alberico said. “I finally got out of the door and he tackled me on the front porch. He was beating me there and I don’t know how I got free.”

According to police, Alberico identified the suspect as Robert Maguire, 38. Police have not said how Alberico and Maguire know each other.

Officials said Maguire was taken into custody a short time later at a house on Sycamore Street.

Maguire was taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered during the alleged assault. Police said while Maguire was at the hospital, he tried to escape police custody by locking himself in a bathroom and trying to climb through the ceiling.

“They let him (go to the restroom) and before they could react he slammed the door and locked it,” Shenango Township Police Chief Bill Phillips said.

Officer Caleb Doff was one of the law enforcement officials that was on scene and quickly captured Maguire.

“He stepped on the toilet and used the railing and mirror and was able to go up into the rafters above the drum ceiling light fixture,” Doff said.

Once Maguire was arrested he was placed in Lawrence County Jail on $50,000 bond.

“I am relieved he’s in jail and I think he deserves everything he gets for doing stuff like this,” Alberico said.